VinFast named as the ‘star’ of 2018 Paris Motor Show

  • VinFast presented with ‘A Star is Born’ trophy by AUTOBEST
  • Award celebrates the ‘most exciting new brand and vehicles’ at the 2018 Paris Motor Show
  • VinFast’s LUX A2.0 sedan and LUX SA2.0 SUV represent the powerful, progressive spirit of a new, energetic and developing Vietnam

Paris, 3 October 2018 - VinFast has been honoured with the presentation of the ‘A Star is Born’ trophy from AUTOBEST, a leading European automotive awards body. The trophy, awarded by a jury of independent motoring writers from across Europe, recognises the fierce, aspirational approach of VinFast. At the 12-month point in the development of its first two vehicle models, and the creation of a world-leading modern production complex in South East Asia, VinFast has shown its strong position in preparing to launch in Vietnam and on the international stage.

VinFast’s LUX A2.0 sedan and LUX SA2.0 SUV made their world premiere appearances in Paris on 2 October. The brand’s debut cars perfectly represent its core values and philosophy of ‘Vietnamese – Style – Safety – Creativity – Pioneering’.

“What VinFast is doing is extraordinary,” commented Dan Vardie, Chairman of AUTOBEST. “The brand has developed two models and built an all-new advanced facility with mass-production scale in Vietnam within 12 months. Even more impressive is that the plans and aspirations of VinFast are far beyond building a car company; it will contribute to the foundation of Vietnam as an international automobile manufacturing nation. We are delighted to reward the accomplishments of VinFast with the ‘A Star is Born’ trophy – a new category for the AUTOBEST awards.”

As a proud Vietnamese business with a truly global outlook, VinFast is working with world-leading European design, engineering and production technology partners to create products that meet international standards and customer expectations in terms of design, quality, dynamics, premium in-car features and the ownership experience.

“For us, the 2018 Paris Motor Show is about introducing VinFast to the world,” said James DeLuca, CEO of VinFast. “The feedback to our first two models so far has been tremendous. For our efforts to be recognised by such a respected international body of automotive journalists as AUTOBEST is a fantastic reward for the hard work and dedication of everyone at VinFast.”

The LUX A2.0 and LUX SA2.0 exhibit world-class design developed in partnership with the world-renowned Pininfarina team in Italy. VinFast and its vehicle engineering partners are developing two world-class cars in half the usual period taken to develop a new car. To ensure the ambitious programme timing could be achieved without compromising quality, VinFast chose the leading experts in their fields, including engineering companies Magna Steyr and AVL. Domestic sales of the new cars will be followed in 2020 by the start of exports to international markets.

VinFast has also recruited senior executives from some of the industry’s leading automotive companies. As a newcomer to the automotive industry, this strategy has built a strong foundation to ensure VinFast can build a highly successful automotive business from scratch within a remarkably short timescale.

VinFast’s all-new 335-hectare production complex is nearing completion on a site partially reclaimed from the sea near the major port city of Hai Phong in northern Vietnam, which represents one of Vietnam’s biggest industrial projects ever. The plant will be one of the most advanced in the world, fully embracing Industry 4.0 systems, with data collection and management systems, interconnected sensors and cloud servers. It will employ world-class production equipment and processes to ensure its output meets the most exacting international standards.

VinFast is spearheading the development of Vietnam’s automotive industry to contribute to the transformation of the country’s economic and industrial capability and, ultimately, to help improve the lives of the Vietnamese people.

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About VinFast

VinFast is a subsidiary of Vingroup, the largest private enterprise in Vietnam. With 25 years’ history, Vingroup is aiming to become a world-class technology, industry and services provider. VinFast is the first brand to be launched as part of this strategy.

Deliveries of the first VinFast cars – a sedan and a SUV – will commence in Vietnam from September 2019. In addition, VinFast is developing a wide range of other vehicles, including electric cars, city cars, electric buses and electric scooters. The company also plans to export to international markets in the coming years.

VinFast vehicles will be manufactured at a modern 335-hectare plant complex in Cat Hai, Hai Phong, northern Vietnam.